Christine Kinealy to lecture and discuss her new book Dec. 3

Christine Kinealy

Nov. 13, 2013 - Christine Kinealy, a world-renowned authority on the Irish Famine, will discuss her new book, "Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: The Kindness of Strangers," at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Room 225, on the Mount Carmel Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, Kinealy will discuss the lesser-known aspect of the Irish Famine: the role of private charity during the tragedy. People from around the world mobilized to provide money, food and clothing to assist the starving Irish. These interventions were made possibly by improvements in communication, as newspapers throughout the world reported the suffering in Ireland.

"'Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: The Kindness of Strangers,' tells the remarkable story of the thousands of people who gave assistance to Ireland after 1845," Kinealy said. "As government relief proved to be increasingly inadequate and inappropriate, private charity provided a vital life-line for the starving Irish poor."

Kinealy is the author of several publications on Ireland's Great Hunger including the award-winning, "This Great Calamity." She received a doctorate in Irish history from Trinity College in Dublin and is the founding director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University.

A book signing will follow the lecture. For more information, call 203-582-8652.

Ireland's Great Hunger Institute is located at Quinnipiac University, a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The institute is a scholarly resource for the study of the Great Hunger, which is also known as An Gorta Mór. Through a strategic program of lectures, conferences, course offerings and publications, the institute fosters a deeper understanding of this tragedy and its causes and consequences. To encourage original scholarship and meaningful engagement, the institute develops and makes available the Great Hunger Collection, a unique array of primary, secondary and cultural sources, to students and scholars. In educating people of all ages and backgrounds about the Great Hunger, the institute also supports the mission of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac, which is home to the world's largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish-American artists as well as a number of period paintings by some of Ireland's most important 19th-century artists. To learn more about the museum, please visit